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An experimental method of determining ballistic winds making direct use of SIRS radiances

Published December 1971

Title from cover

"December 1971"--Cover


DTIC Identifiers: NIMBUS 3 satellite, NIMBUS 4 satellite, ballistic winds, geostrophic wind

Author(s) subject terms: Ballistic winds, satellite infrared spectrophotometer radieances, NIMBUS III, NIMBUS IV

Includes bibliographical references (p. )

Technical report; 1971

A proposed ballistic wind determination technique using the satellite infrared spectrophotometer (SIRS) data from NIMBUS 3 and 4 was tested. The general approach was to derive regression equations from a dependent data sample of nearly coincident subsatellite points and rawinsonde locations. The validity of the equations was checked with a smaller independent sample of SIRS radiances from a later period. Tests with the ballistic wind component normal to the path of the NIMBUS 3 suggested standard errors of less than 10 kts can be achieved. Both zonal and meridional components can be calculated from SIRS-B radiance data which is grouped in clusters. Because the geostrophic ballistic wind is proportional to a horizontal gradient, several techniques were attempted for calculating the gradient at the central point of the irregularly spaced set of data. (Author)

Publisher Monterey, California : Naval Postgraduate School
Pages 60
Language en_US
Call number ocn431419548
Digitizing sponsor Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library
Book contributor Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library
Collection navalpostgraduateschoollibrary; fedlink; americana

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